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The ANVIL project aims to evaluate current state-of-the-art metal powder bed machines (EBM and SLM) for the production of parts across a wide range of sectors, with the aim of creating an industry standard and bank of resources for end users.

ANVIL will make great strides in creating an industry-standard practice toolkit, which will have a meaningful impact on industry for years to come. This will be achieved through engaging a wider range of expertise, considering a broader range of applications and assessing a range of machines and materials using a comprehensive and structured approach.

ANVIL has several key strands:

Bench Marking

  • Development of a standard benchmark part, build and assessment procedure to enable powder bed machines to be accurately compared.

Design for Additive Manufacturing

  • Creation of a design guide for additive manufacturing, combining expertise from industrial and academic partners.


  • Produce a suite of redesigned demonstration parts and assessment data.

Business Process changes

  • Guidance on shop floor simulation and cost modelling will be produced from the project data, including a route map to introducing new technology.

Sharing best practice

  • Information will form part of a National Additive Manufacturing database which will be held by the HVM Catapult.

For more information about ANVIL contact or visit the anvil website